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Ministers have vowed that their priority is to get schools open again

Feb 18, 2021

As Covid cases continue to tumble the Government is facing questions as to what their plan for reopening schools is.
The decision was made to keep schools closed after Christmas following an alarming surge in Covid-19 cases.
It was the first time that schools across the country were shut since returning in September.
Pressure continues to mount on the Government to get children into classrooms again as Ministers have vowed that their priority is to get schools open again.
Here’s what we know so far:
Schools return date
As of yet no official date has been set for the return of schools. However we are likely to see a phased reopening of schools across the country.
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Taoiseach Micheal Martin has said that both primary and secondary schools are set for a partial reopening from March 1.
Leaving Cert and Fifth Year students are “under consideration” to be among the first to return.
First in line to go back to primary schools would be junior and senior infants, and first class pupils.
Meanwhile it’s likely that Leaving Cert students would be top of the list for returning to secondary schools.
Leaving Cert plans
Leaving Cert students will have the option of written exams or calculated grades this summer.
Timetables will be published on Thursday for those who choose to sit their exams as normal in June, with orals due to begin after the Easter break.
The Department added that the move will ensure a fair system for all students during these “extraordinary circumstances.”
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Minister for Education Norma Foley said in a statement: “Students and parents have been clear on the need for both clarity and choice which I believe his decision gives them.
As requested by the student representatives we explored thoroughly the option of providing the SEC-Accredited Grades to students in advance of the written examinations, but this option is not possible.
I am conscious that many students are concerned that they have not covered the full curriculum for their subjects in class, due to the interruption of in-person learning caused by the pandemic.
Everyone wants a system that is fair and that provides the opportunity for real progression for students.
However the Teachers’ Union of Ireland and the ASTI have both expressed concerns over the plans and say they will consult with members over the coming days.
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Junior Cert scrapped
Meanwhile Junior Certificate exams have bee totally scrapped this year it was announced yesterday.
The exams were also totally scrapped last year as a result of the pandemic.